A Bukuru Chief Magistrate’s Court in Plateau state has granted bail to Evangelist Danjuma Fwenji, who was alleged to have criminally enticed Joy, the wife of Mr Leonard Dilkon, a former House of Representatives member.
According to Vanguard, the accused, who is the Overseer of God’s Grace Divine Mission, Jos was granted bail in the sum of N1.5 million at the hearing of the case on Wednesday. Dilkon, who represented Pankshin/Kanam/ Kanke constituency in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2007, had dragged Fwenji to the court for allegedly enticing his wife. Fwenji denied the allegation.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, his counsel, Mr Smart Irabor, prayed the court to grant his client bail, quoting section 36 (5) of the 1999 constitution that held that an accused person was innocent until otherwise proven. Irabor told the court that his client would neither jump bail, nor interfere with police investigation.
But Mr Francis Okafor, counsel to the complainant, who did not object to the bail appeal, prayed that the court should take stringent measures in granting it.
Okafor recalled that two bench warrants were issued on the accused but that it had always been difficult to serve him because “he moves around with armed policemen”.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Sam Galadima, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N1.5 million and two sureties in like sum.
Galadima said that the sureties must be persons of standing and proven integrity, and must also reside within the jurisdiction of the court. The magistrate adjourned the matter till April 27, for further hearing.
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